Russian pranksters made the Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling think she was on a video call with the Ukrainian President.
Vovan and Lexus, a Russian duo, specializing in embarrassing famous people in the West, tricked the multimillionaire.
They have been able to trick Boris Johnson, the Defense Secretary Ben Wallace, Prince Harry, and Elton John, among others.
They convinced Rowling that she was talking to President Volodymyr Zelensky about her charity work in the country. On June 17, they posted a video of the call online.
During the 12-minute conversation, it was said that Ukrainian troops were writing “Avada Kedavra,” a Harry Potter curse that kills people, on missiles that were going to Russia.
During the call, the person pretending to be her asked if Albus Dumbledore was gay.
The person pretending to be Zelensky said, “By the way, I told our soldiers to write “Avada Kedavra” on the missiles we’ll fire at Donetsk and Luhansk. How do you like this joke?”
“I love the joke, I love the joke, I do,” the author seems to say in response.
As a fan, I’m curious: is Dumbledore gay?” the liars add, “Finally, tell me a secret. I won’t tell anyone, and with whom did he sleep?”
That makes the author smile and say, “In 2007, I said I always thought of Dumbledore as gay.”
Later, a spokesman for the author said that the video was “misleading” and “disgusting.”
The spokesman said, “J.K. Rowling was asked to talk about her extensive charity work in Ukraine, where she helps children and families who have been affected by the current conflict in the region.”
“The conversation has been changed on the video because it has been cut up.”
Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexey Stolyarov, who go by the names Vovan and Lexus, have said they like Vladimir Putin but deny being Russian agents.
In January this year, they made Mr. Wallace think he was on a 10-minute Teams call with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal from the back of his car.